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Commonwealth Community Pollinator Project

July 20, 2015 2:12 PM

You may have noticed a new look to the grassy area along the Southwest bike path in the Regent Neighborhood and Hillington Green area. Neighborhood residents Jeannette and David LeZaks had the idea to do something different with a formerly manicured public green space along the Southwest Bike Path. They worked with the Regent Neighborhood Association to apply for a City of Madison Neighborhood Grant to install a native perennial pollinator garden and seating area.

Manicured lawn

The City approved the grant and a group of neighbors came together to plant the garden last year and to host an ice cream social. This spring, the group installed a stone seating area to complete this lovely gathering place.

Plants

Projects like this one have so many benefits beyond just the aesthetic value including their benefit to pollinators and their ability to bring the community together to work towards a common goal. Thank you to the Regent Neighborhood Association, and to Jeannette, David and area neighbors for all of their hard work!

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